Post Game Recap: Arizona 27 – Baltimore 30
Our fellow columnist Jonathan Scruggs is filling today to recap the Ravens comeback win over the Arizona Cardinals:
In what was supposed to be a cake walk for the Baltimore Ravens, the Arizona Cardinals waltzed into M&T Bank Stadium and nearly pulled off a stomach turning upset. Although Baltimore put the finishing touches on their victory by kicking a field goal as time expired, you have to imagine there won’t be much cheering in the locker room tonight.
My first impression of the Ravens in this game was “sloppy.” Whether it was the 21 points they spotted the Cardinals in the 2nd quarter, or the offense’s inability to get more than 3 points early on, nothing was click for the Ravens. Nothing at all. Even special teams was sloppy. I don’t know what has to happen in the locker room this week, but the Ravens have a very serious mental focus issue they have to work out.
That said there were quite a few bright spots in this game. As expected, Anquan Boldin put together an inspired performance and single handedly carried the team to a victory. I say single handedly because his other hand was being held by the Cardinals. On the running side of the ball Ray Rice had a very good day, posting a career high 3 touchdowns. Also, despite struggling in the first half, the Ravens O really started clicking down the stretch. You’ve got to love that no huddle look that was gashing the Cardinals defense.
A few other bright spots of the game were Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson, and of course I can’t say enough good things about Paul Kruger. He was a nightmare on the field all day long and had perhaps the best game of his young career. His sacks put the team in position to win the game. Dickson and Pitta looked great when the Ravens were running the hurry up, and we can only hope there’s more of that to come in the future.
All in all this was not the game that we were all expecting but it was good enough for the win, and when you’re trying to keep pace with next week’s opponents, that’s all that matters.
Next week the Ravens travel to Heinz Field and hopefully this win will forever put the Jacksonville debacle in the rear view mirror.